NSCN-IM ‘Minister’ Semley Hakhun arrested in Arunachal Pradesh

Semley Hakhun, a “minister” of the Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) was arrested in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh.

He was arrested with assistance of the Assam Police.

“Acting on intelligence inputs, our team reached Tinsukia in Assam on March 25 and managed to trace Hakhun’s hideout. He was later arrested by the team with the support of the Tinsukia Police,” Inspector-General of Police (Law and Order) Chukhu Apa said at a press conference.

“Two mobile phones, Rs 2.18 lakh in cash, and three sim cards were recovered from him,” he said.

At least two cases of extortion and criminal intimidation, one each at the Changlang and Itanagar police stations, are registered against the militant, he added.

“One of the most wanted insurgents, Hakhun was responsible for major extortion activities on behalf of the NSCN-IM in Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts,” Apa said.

A native of Wanrok village in the Sagaing region of Myanmar’s Kachin state, Hakhun joined the NSCN-K in 1986, and then the NSCN-IM in 2013 where he was elevated to the post of a “Tatar” (member of parliament). He currently holds the post of ‘kilonser’ (minister).

Hakhun is being interrogated and he has so far revealed crucial information about the organisational structure and the activities of the NSCN-IM leadership, the police officer said.

“It is obvious that he was not working alone and several others are involved in the extortion activities. We are trying to find these out,” Apa said. (PTI)

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